Korean independence outbreak beginning March 1st 1919

([S.l. :  s.n.,  1920?])



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reaeons for it. There is no freodea of speeoh and thoy know not what mo«en
mant they vviij. be arrostod erd ''hrown into prison.

Wo had a Literary Sooloty in tho Pyeng Yang College but the Oovom-
sent forbade it and it had to be olosed*

TVe had an annual Oratorioal exhibition but that wae forbidden* Tho
last time it was held tho partiolpnnte wore arroeted and thrown into Jail
and refused peimisalon to attend any «ore whatever* Their orations were
innocent.But tho polios present gave false reports to tho polioe office
and would not accept tho truth of tho oase. ilany suoh incidents hate serv¬
ed to disQourage the student elass and caused thom to oppose the administra
tlon of the Government.

Tho Church people also are greatly dissatisfied with the oopressive
restrictions placed upon thea* An incident in point is the following. At
tho reoont meeting of tho Winter Blblo Class, at the time of the early ear
morning prayer meeting,some of tho men were weeping over tho state of th
thoir own souls and the condition of the Church, and wore praying tor  a
revival,a "poo houng".The spies present reported this to the polioe and tU
the next morning these aen were areosted snd accused of praying for a re-
vital of political power or national restoration or Independence.All wore
releasel but ono and he was kept in prison for several weeks and then ac¬
tually brought to trial.The thousand and more men at the class felt that
he waa unjustly dealt with and went haae to tall tens of thousands of peo
pie of It and thus many people have rancor in their hearts against the
Government. Tho Christians feol that they cannot evon pray for a revival
without being subieoted to arrest*

The people at large have ouch bitter feeling in their hearts because
of the ex-appropriation of lends by the Govemmont, Ihe old crown lands
whloh wore usoi for centuries oy tho Koreans were talton away from them in
many oases and given to the inooning Japenoso settlors.So many of these
people have boon immigrating to Kando and all going with bitter feelings
in their hearts egBinst the Government.

Tho above Is an outline of what was said at the oonforenoo which last
ed for three hours, islr.Usami oxpreased himself as vary grateful for the
oonferenoo and we did the same. Ho said that if at any time we had any sug
geetlOKs to nskQ  to him he would be very glad to receive thom. He was
ae'tod.if the Koreans should desire to present to the Goveanmont a list of
thoir desires,whether or not the Governmsnt would wolsome them and Mr.
Usami said the Oovornment would welcome thom.

We all felt that the conference might be of considerable slgnifloanoe
and were all glad that we hal the privilege of attending it.
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